January 2013: Vote Now For The Supplier Spotlight!

I love kicking off a new year.  With 10 days to 2 weeks of downtime under my belt, I’m just champing at the bit (yes, champing!). So much promise… So much opportunity… and 12 fresh, new months to get it all done.  Just make sure you don’t use your newly rested mind and body to set unsupportable 2013 projections!

VOTING HAS ENDED

Why not stick around and read the entries?

January’s entries came in a steady march–most from 1st-timers (welcome!). These 5 entries run the gamut, from simple organizational tools to the benefits of a crowd-sourcing website to bad teamwork math, each and every one of these entries will reward your attention.  Here they are…

Entry #1:  The Almighty TO-DO LISTBrown & Meyers, Inc.
Entry #2:  Can You Spare a Fiverr? | Cocktail Caterers
Entry #3:  Bonafide CertificationsCertify My Company
Entry #4:  Be a Specialist & Stay Focused! | The EXPERTS Bench
Entry #5:  Teamwork: 1 + 1 = 3Camelot Business Management Software

As always, the company with the most votes gets promoted on the Supplier Connection web portal for the month of February. Voting ends Monday evening, January 28th at 8:00PM Eastern. Check back often to see what happens this month!

Supplier Connection SBE Updates

Supplier Connection 2012 Webinar Series: Knowledge to Succeed
The final webinar of the year, Supplier Connection: Leveraging the Network to Your Benefit has been posted on the right-hand column, right beneath my photo/blog link on the GET CONNECTED page of the Supplier Connection portal.

Two Really New + Two Kinda New Posts on The SBE Lifer

New Series! Interviews With Experts  The idea is simple: You get short/powerful insights from Social Media professionals who are at the top of their industry, asking them a slight variation on one simple question: How can an SBE use Social Media to grow their business? The first installment features a great (I really mean it) 4 minute read of an interview with Mike Stelzner, Founder and CEO of Social Media Examiner.

Beginning Monday, January 14th we’re going to post a new installment every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next 4 weeks!  Great content you just cannot miss.  I’m almost begging you to make sure you read every installment–it’ll be worth it.

New Post!  Social Media Resources  We’ve taken the time to assemble the best “how to” articles on every major social media platform, curated with the SBE in mind! The best articles we’ve found on blogging, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. all in one place–a handy resource for any Small Business.

Have you read great articles on these topics not included? Send them to me, my staff and I will read them and post the best ones.  Let’s get involved and help each other out by making this the best curated content on the web about… EVERYTHING Social Media!

6 Ways for Trade Shows to Deliver an ROI

5 Simple Steps to Increase Your Social Media Impact (complete with a free download) Now available to everyone right here.

Remember, running an SBE is a long, hard journey… stop trying to do it alone!

Dan Gallo
Social Media Director & SBE Advocate, Supplier-Connection
Managing Director, The Allasso Group, LLC

Let’s connect!

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Check out December’s Contest Winner: Integrated Security Consultants Inc.

To submit an entry in The Supplier Spotlight contest you need to be a registered member of the Supplier-Connection initiative with a completed registration. Registration is FREE. For more information you can watch this 1.5 minute video or read more on the Supplier-Connection portal.

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About Dan Gallo

I'm a lifelong entrepreneur, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door when I was 7 in The Bronx. I've been playing guitar and enjoying the game of baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). I married Kim in 1983 & we have two sons; Daniel's a real smart, insightful & well read musician (www.thefieldrecordings.com) and Adam is a brilliant senior @ Brooklyn College double majoring in creative writing/literature & anthropology. Since 2002, one of the things we love to do together is go on service & missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent over 60 weeks in Belize & I serve on the Board for the missions organization (www.twaw.org) focused on Belize. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and other than selling a company in 1999 and running it for a multi-billion dollar company for 2 years before buying it back, I've been self-employed. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in 2004 and after 2 years with the acquiring company I left and started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Sales Strategy & Business Development, Marketing Communications, Social Media since April 2006. Although I'm still contracted by Supplier-Connection as their Small Business Advocate, I recently was contracted to run a software company http://myvrm.com. I enjoy consulting, but it's really great to be running an SBE again.
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